Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Life's Most Important Question

"Why?" is the most oft-asked question. That's universally accepted. We all have questions that are important to us, and ask them for various reasons: expand knowledge, understand a situation better, build a better case of reasoning or just being nosey. There are questions about all aspects of life. In fact, some of us question everything -like a child. Why did God do this to me? Why is life so unfair?

Why did my loved one die and leave me alone? Why, why, why? From an early age, children ask "why"; youth give this question their twist. In fact, each generation adds to the list their 'why' questions. But God is used to our questions! In fact, He is a God of questions Himself.

Throughout the Bible there are very important questions asked. (Gen 3:8-10) God came looking for Adam and Eve one evening in the Garden of Eden, calling: "Adam, where are you; why are you hiding?" Then He asked: " Who told you that you were naked? What are you hiding from me! " God still asks man these personal questions today!

(Gen 4: 6-10) God asked Cain, "Where is your brother, Abel?" And then Cain replied, "Am I my brother's keeper?" Man is still being asked this question! (Ex 4:1-6) God calls Moses forth to deliver His Children from bondage in Egypt. When Moses hesitated, telling God he could not speak before Pharaoh, God wanted to show him that "with Him all things are possible". So, He asked Moses, "What is that in your hand?" Of course, Moses said, "A rod". When God told him to throw it to the ground, it became a serpent! Moses picked it up, it became his rod again. God asks us over and over, "What is that in your hand?" He wants our obedience!

God asks questions to draw His children closer and closer to Him. The Bible records many of them. It's not that He needs to know the answer, He wants us to come to grips with obedience, repentance and discipleship. Probably the most important question asked of man is found in John 3: 1-16 when Nicodemus asked Jesus, "How can a man be born again? and inherit eternal life?" This question is required of everyone sooner or later! I suppose another way of stating it would be, "What will WE do with Jesus?" Receive Him as Lord of life or reject Him to be separated from for eternity? What it all boils down to is this: Why would anyone reject such a wonderful gift that is being offered as this (through the grace of God) - Eternal life? Why? (Romans 1: 18-20).






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